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SPAM & Cheese Burger Highlights Burger King Japan's New Morning Menu

Burger King Japan wants you to start your day with SPAM, whether you've checked your email or not. Highlighting a very lunch-like new morning menu, the SPAM & Cheese Burger slaps a hot, juicy & salty slab of Hormel's signature canned pork between a split whole-grain bun garnished with cheese, pickles, lettuce and mayo.

10 Must Have Microwave Gadgets For The Empty Nest Mother

The kids have gone to college, have their own houses or apartments, get jobs, families of their own... and what was once "home" is now a place to visit when they get a chance.  Moms and dads adjust, take up hobbies, travel more, work more.... and, probably, cook less.  Cooking for one or two now, mom probably takes some short cuts and, more than likely, uses the microwave more.  Boring?  Nope. Not with these 10 gadgets, all user-approved to make short cut cooking fun and delicious. Surprise her this Mother's Day!

Nibble Cake Pan Lets You Sample Without Ruining Your Baking

The Nibble cake pan is the perfect solution for all the premature dessert tasters out there. The non-stick pan is much like other cake pans, but with one genius addition. Off to the side it holds a small tasting cup.

Want This New Innovation? Wine Glasses With A Nose Job

Wine glasses have been around for a long time and while they come in different shapes and sizes, there has been little change to the basic design. That is until the Silhouette Sense-Enhancing Wine Glass came along. With its unique shape it allows the wine drinker to fully enjoy the nose. For wine drinker with big noses it allows them to enjoy the taste without hitting themselves in the nose with the glass.

Want This Strange Innovation? Squeeze Bacon

Now Swedes are not exactly known for their cuisine. Aside from their meatballs most people have never eaten Swedish food. In some cases this is a good thing -- like the horror that is Lutefisk (a whitefish that has been cured in lye). Then there is lefse, an item similar to a tortilla that non-Scandinavians have been known to mistake for a napkin. However, there is one product coming out of Sweden that should be extremely popular in America (both the U.S. and Canada) -- Squeez Bacon®.

KFC Japan Gives You Donut Balls

You'll get Donut Balls from eating at KFC Japan but fear not, the condition is harmless unless you're a tad hypoglycemic. As part of the company's “KFC × RONALDO” campaign with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, three-piece orders of Donut Balls are served hot along with a packet of gooey Honey Maple dipping sauce.

Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...

New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.

Cutest Star Wars Gadget Yet: R2-D2 Measuring Set (Clever Video Too!)

Still the most memorable robot in film history, R2-D2 has also become a popular embodiment for a variety of toys and gadgets.  This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups and Spoons pays tribute to the movie star in its likeness and adds a surprise element to your kitchen counter. This Lucasfim licensed charmer makes a super gift for a fan too!

Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.

The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Do You Drink Enough Water? H2O-Pal Can Tell You

About 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. What that means is they don't drink enough water. H2O-Pal could help many remedy that problem. The device makes your water bottle a "smart bottle" and helps you monitor your water intake.

Food Spoilage: Chinese Research Team Develops New Smart Tag

Is there a way to tell if food has gone bad without experiencing that unpleasant attack on the nostrils by opening the container?  Read all about the innovative Chinese research team that devised a smart tag to eliminate all that and possibly revolutionize the food and beverage industry.

Two-Lane Pavement Picnic Sheet Takes Road Food To The Next Level

Old and busted: picnics in the park. New hotness: a picnic in a parking lot! Japanese artist/designer Yuma Kano's disconcerting “On The Road” picnic sheet puts al fresco diners square on the pavement even if they're off the beaten path.

Ooho: Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water Bottle!

Ooho. Who would have thought it?  Three London-based design students came up with Ooho, a water container that's not plastic, not vinyl, not stainless steel... but an edible algae! Ooho was considered so brilliant that, among other coveted awards, it won the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Soylent: The Future Food That Wants To Be Your Only Source of Nourishment

When you read the word Soylent, it may conjure up images of Charlton Heston and a dystopian future.  However, Rob Rhinehart hopes to change that.  Soylent is actually a food substitute, crafted with several ingredients that intend to give its consumers all of the necessary nutrients and calories required for a single day.  Thus, a few cups of Soylent a day is all you need to sustain yourself.

Nestlé Japan's Baked Kit Kat Chocolate Bars Toast Great!

You don't have to be half-baked to enjoy toaster oven Kit Kat bars but hey, it wouldn't hurt! Individually sealed in bite-size portions, Nestlé Japan's latest and possibly greatest Kit Kat variety (and that's saying something) is a cool idea best eaten when hot.

Ten Things You Don't Need for St Patrick's Day

Alcohol and poor purchasing choices go hand in hand. Which is why some businesses think they can sell crap by sticking "It's fun/beer related!" on the front. They are wrong.

10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.